NEW NET Issues List for 19 Jun 2007

Below is the final list of issues for the Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 pm weekly gathering at Atlanta Bread Company (West) by the Fox River Mall, 650 North Casaloma Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

The ‘net

  1. Mini-tutorial: specific recommendations on Web 2.0 apps to combine for your own online “office productivity suite” http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/rolling_your_own_online_office.php
  2. ‘nother mini-tutorial: combining online tools to allow you to work from anywhere as long as you have web access http://webworkerdaily.com/2007/06/01/how-to-set-up-a-productive-virtual-workspace/
  3. Tech tip: although not many people use both MS Outlook and iGoogle, here’s how to show Outlook Inbox on iGoogle http://lifehacker.com/software/gadgets/add-outlook-to-your-google-homepage-259316.php
  4. Browser Wars: Mozilla exec upset because Firefox is ignored by Steve Jobs, calls Jobs 'out-of-date' after Windows Safari release http://tinyurl.com/22ylqu (ComputerWorld)
  5. Emerging Tech Preview: short synopsis of Photosynth and Everyscape, two technologies turning photos into online/3D spaces http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/06/14/the-3d-realvirtual-world-hybrid-how-far-away/
  6. Description & Link: Re a 6-minute video about the year 2050 and “agavs”, or agent avatars; how Google & SL lead the way http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/future_of_media_video_prometeus.php
  7. Women on the web: After 8 years as #1 web destination for women, iVillage is dethroned by 4-year old Glam Media http://venturebeat.com/2007/06/17/glam-surges-to-no-1-womens-property-overtakes-ivillage/
  8. MS Office 2003 obituary: Will this be a turning point for some SMBs to test drive an online office suite? Google says “Thanks!” http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2007/06/18/3384613.aspx

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Early stage analysis: Impacts of an AT&T initiative to “keep pirated content off its network” by watching what you do online http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070613-att-willing-to-spy-for-nsa-mpaa-and-riaa.html
  2. Facts & Commentary: FBI internal audit of 10% of their national security investigations since 2002 showed illegal actions http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/13/AR2007061302453.html
  3. Legislation impact: Free Flow of Information Act (draft, House & Senate); should bloggers be considered journalists? http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6191053.html
  4. Employer quandary: Employees expected to work when not at office; security not #1 requirement for consumer computing tools http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070615/tc_cmp/199904383

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Tech design issue: The iPhone doesn’t have a mechanical keyboard; will that transform smartphones or sink the iPhone/Newton? http://tinyurl.com/ytabm9 (New York Times)
  2. Portable web: MSN Mobile portal relaunch indicate opportunity in mobile computing (as do iPhone launch and Gphone rumors) http://news.com.com/Microsoft+launches+new+look+for+mobile+MSN/2100-1046_3-6191527.html
  3. In-depth Industry Directions: Can Israeli Intel group pull off another coup and develop a big improvement in mobile computing? http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199904932

Open Source

  1. MS FUD or honest effort at collaboration?: Microsoft inks third Linux patent deal, this one with Linspire http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070614/tc_infoworld/89363
  2. Conference report: 150 open sourcerers meet for Collaboration Summit led by Linux Foundation at Googleplex http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070614/tc_nm/linux_microsoft_dc
  3. Another Collaboration Summit report: Mobile Linux needs, business-focused Linux improvement opportunities, ignore MS FUD http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070617/tc_cmp/199904892


  1. Competitor impact: Largely as a result of Google’s success over the past few years, Yahoo replaces Semmel as CEO http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aoAcR_ko6VC4&refer=home
  2. Monopoly Watch: Google (60% market share) says MS (10% share) Vista search function violates 2001 anti-trust settlement http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003752031_msftgoog18.html
  3. Corporate eco-responsibility: Google.org pledges $11 million in grants for development and promotion of plug-in hybrid cars http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2007-06-18-google-hybrid-cars_N.htm

General Technology

  1. Epson-commissioned study says over half of inkjet printer ink thrown away “when printers ask users” to throw away cartridges http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,132969-pg,1/article.html
  2. Practical Advice: recommendations about which noise-cancelling headphones to buy, especially for airline travel http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/technology/14pogue.html?em&ex=1181966400&en=445a2e969d7142d2&ei=5087%0A
  3. Thinkpiece: the changing world of ‘blue sky’ pure research, fading of large US corporation labs, the lure of financial success http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060724-7340.html
  4. Cool far-future tech development: Stanford's Robotic Car Passed Driving Test in DARPA Urban Challenge on-site inspection http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/06/how_stanfords_r.html
  5. New Tech TLA: Garmin Entry-Level PNDs Get Widescreens, priced at $500+. Worth it, or should you use a smartphone GPS? http://cp.gpsworld.com/gpscp/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=435123
  6. Data Back-up Options: Mirra personal server from Seagate – effective solution for you, your friends or your customers? http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/mirra_personal_server/

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Game Company Changes: EA reforming into four units – sports, casual games, Sims, other (with ‘Other’ being the largest unit?) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070619/media_nm/electronicarts_dc
  2. Games Go Mainstream: Nintendo DS gets “beauty navigation software” for women, follows iPod Shuffle ‘tech accessory’ trend http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070617/ap_on_hi_te/japan_nintendo_beauty_tips
  3. Video Gaming Directions: Wii and DS highlight new focus on casual gaming, useful entertainment & non-gaming software http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/18/technology/18games.html
  4. Author Interview: Orson Scott Card talks about video games and geek classic “Enders’ Game” http://news.filefront.com/gaming-todays-exclusive-interview-with-author-orson-scott-card/
  5. Entertaining Exercise: Arizona YMCA uses video game equipment to make exercise fun (they didn’t mention Wii??) http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/0615gl-ymca0615-ON.html
  6. Geek books: Marc Andreessen’s list of Top 10 science fiction novelists of the '00s -- so far (I wish I hadn’t seen this…) http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/top_10_science_.html

Economy and Technology

  1. Global economy steamroller: Indian CIOs to outsource work because of shortage of IT skills in-country? http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070612/tc_pcworld/132816
  2. Situation analysis: online shopping has inherent limitations and bricks and mortar companies are doing more to attract customers http://tinyurl.com/27ogna (New York Times)
  3. Annual shareholder meeting: Amazon focused on long-term profits, offering new web tools and delivering customer satisfaction http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070615/ap_on_hi_te/amazon_shareholders
  4. Tech to Improve Your Life: Marc Andreessen’s ‘Productivity Guide’ doesn’t fit in my tech categories, but it’s worth reading http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_pmarca_guid.html
  5. Processor Wars Update: Troubling signs on the horizon for AMD include product delays, outsourcing and two quarters of losses http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/06/18/Analysts-skeptical-AMD-outsourcing_1.html
  6. Startup Basics: This Marc Andreessen blog post is required reading for all those considering launching a high tech startup http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_pmarca_guid_1.html

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Space Money: Branson mortgages 1/3 of his Virgin Media holdings for second spaceship, biofuel aircraft & other programs http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article1896434.ece
  2. Investors wanted: Space company startups face emerging industry funding challenges; developing products for a new market http://www.thespacereview.com/article/887/1
  3. Reliable space computers: If cars were powered by Windows, people wouldn’t drive them. What about space stations? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/science/15cnd-shuttle.html?ref=science
  4. Private Spaceships: EADS Astrium showed a partial prototype of space jet targeted for flights 60+ miles above earth in 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/06/14/easpace14.xml

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Google acquisition analysis: More thoughts about why Google bought PeakStream and what it means for stream computing http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1613242.html
  2. Supercomputer Peripherals: Internet2 completes its first 100 Gbps coast-to-coast deployment, Washington, D.C. to Seattle http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1613083.html
  3. Supercomputer application: Purdue University created animated simulation of the 2001 World Trade Center twin towers attack http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1609571.html
  4. GPU-cluster supercomputing company: GPU-Tech, a French company created in July 2006, received a national award in 2005 http://www.gpucomputing.eu/index2.php?lang=en&id=4 http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1611290.html



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